Legal news from Tuesday, January 11, 2005
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] British Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith [Wikipedia profile] provided new details in a speech Tuesday on the creation of a proposed UK crime-fighting agency similar to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. The new institution, to be called the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), would combine the National Crime [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Illinois General Assembly [official website] Tuesday passed a bill that would require state protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The House gave its approval on the last possible day by a vote of 65-51; the Senate had approved the bill 30-27 on Monday. The bill [PDF text] [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Echoing comments made last week by President Bush [JURIST report], Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Arlen Specter [official website; R-PA] urged Congress Tuesday to put limits on asbestos liability lawsuits. Specter said asbestos lawsuits are causing companies to go bankrupt, leaving victims with little or no compensation. Proposed reforms [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, Thom Calandra, former chief commentator for CBS MarketWatch [media website], will pay at least $540,000 in penalties to settle fraud charges with the SEC [official website]. The charges stem from allegations Calandra made over $400,000 in illegal profits by buying shares of [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that voters challenging the presidential election results in the Ohio Supreme Court have asked to drop their lawsuit, saying the issue is now moot after last week's certification of the electoral vote and the upcoming inauguration. [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST Newsmaker] resumed Tuesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] at The Hague with testimony by a French nurse who worked in Croatia during the Bosnian war. Milosevic, who has chosen to defend himself against charges [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys for Zacarias Moussaoui {JURIST Newsmaker] have filed a petition to the US Supreme Court seeking to overturn a lower court ruling that reinstated the US government's right to seek the death penalty against Moussaoui for his alleged involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks. In government custody since December [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Sixty-one members of the European Parliament [official website] have presented a plan [draft text; PDF] to eliminate the European Union's current legislative process related to IT patents. The proposed changes reflect the debate over current European law that prohibits software patents, and the Directive on the Patentability of Computer-Implemented [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Three former employees of Medical Manager Health Systems Inc., recently purchased by WebMD [corporate website], pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud on Tuesday. Federal prosecutors in South Carolina filed charges against the three, including Robert W. Davids, a vice president of Medical Manager, that alleged a systematic plan [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A former US Navy SEAL [official service website] testifying Monday in the Article 32 military hearing [Navy JAG backgrounder] of a fellow SEAL lieutenant said that on two separate occasions he witnessed SEALs and CIA officials abusing Iraqi prisoners, in one instance punching, choking and poking in the eye [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday in a decision written by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor that a count of conspiracy to commit money laundering does not require proof of an overt act to further the conspiracy. The full text of the ruling in the consolidated cases of Whitfield [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A former civilian Arabic translator at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] detention camp pleaded guilty Monday to charges of mishandling classified information and lying to investigators. Ahmed Fathy Mehalba, a naturalized US citizen of Egyptian origin, has been incarcerated since his arrest at Logan Airport on September 29, [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that President Bush has selected US Third Circuit Court of Appeals judge and former Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff [US DOJ resume, 2003] to be the new secretary of Homeland Security, according to officials speaking Tuesday. The President's previous nominee, former New York police commissioner Bernard [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Six individuals, two former AOL [corporate website] executives and four former executives from the now-defunct PurchasePro software company, have been charged in an ongoing investigation into a secret negotiation between the two companies to artificially increase PurchasePro's revenues. Federal prosecutors have already charged six other PurchasePro executives, and all [read more]

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[JURIST] Michael Newdow {JURIST Newsmaker], the same individual who sued to have the words "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, has filed a suit to bar the planned recitation of a prayer at the presidential inauguration [official website] on January 20. Newdow argues that the use of prayer [read more]

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[JURIST] Two Iraqis formerly held as detainees at the Abu Ghraib [JURIST Hot Topic] prison in Baghdad are scheduled to testify by videotape today as part of the prosecution of Spc. Charles Graner [Wikipedia profile] on multiple charges [original chargesheet; two charges have since been dropped] of mistreating prisoners at [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] ordered Monday that a Bible had to be removed from a display funded by the private homeless mission Star of Hope [organization website] outside the courthouse in Harris County, Texas [official website]. The County had requested that the display be [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw [official profile] has announced in the House of Commons that the last four Britons held by the US at the terror suspect detention camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] will be released in a few weeks. UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] [read more]

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